Addressing What Matters
A Message from Our CMO
At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, our priority is your health and well-being. For more than 80 years, we've worked to make the health care system work better through community based programs, advocating for sound public policies and working with doctors and other health care providers.
Each year new opportunities and challenges arise. Health care keeps changing with the introduction of cutting edge treatments that may improve and even save many lives. It also raises new questions as we strive to keep coverage affordable.
We're working to find answers to public crises like the opioid abuse epidemic. The entire industry must work together to solve the challenges in health care, and we're dedicated to playing a major role on your behalf.
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Addressing the Opioid Public Health Emergency in Illinois
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , on average, 115 people in the U.S. die each day from an opioid overdose. Many of these deaths involve prescription opioids, and more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency rooms daily for misusing these drugs.
Many of our members have felt the impact of the opioid crisis in their lives and communities. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) cares about the health and well-being of our more than 8.2 million members, and we take this crisis and our role in addressing it seriously.